Four in a Row, Sweep Finally for Rockies, Bonus Gonzalez

By Derek Kessinger

In the bottom of the first inning, Carlos Gonzalez blasted a three run over the Coors Field wall. It was the start of what would be the Colorado Rockies sweep over the Houston Astros. For Gonzalez, it was his fourth home run in four plate appearances, after three the previous night. It was the Rockies first sweep of the season.

Heading into the night the Rockies had not won more than two games in a row. Sitting 12 games below .500, the Rockies were without hope, losing the town quickly. The early troubles can be placed squarely on a pitching staff that places 29th in team ERA and last in quality starts, walks-hits-innings-pitches (WHIP) and batting average against. Juan Nicasio  has the lowest ERA of any pitcher who qualifies with 5.11.

For Gonzalez, he tied a major league record for most home runs in consecutive plate appearances. The last player to do this was Albert Pujlos in 2006. Gonzalez was walked in his next at bat and then managed only a double, which could have been scored as an error. The extra base hit tied a major league record for most extra base hits in a row. Former Rockie Larry Walker previously held the record. Carlos Gonzalez is now third  in the National League in home runs and RBIs, tied for fifth in batting average.

For the Rockies, they now sit just eight games below .500 and 10.5 out of first place in the NL West behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. The team  won ten games in May, which topped last year’s mark of just eight. If the Rockies could play Houston at home every day, they might be able to get back into the playoff race. However, the pitching staff surrendered 24 runs over the course of the series. The Dodgers play three at Coors Field this weekend, looking to end the Rockies Power Play.

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